Mama said, you're a pretty girl
What's in your head it doesn't matter
Brush your hair, fix your teeth
What you wear is all that matters

from Beyoncé – Pretty Hurts Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Beyonce opens the album by saying the words of her hypothetical mother. The mother’s a stage mom who cares more about her child being beautiful to others rather than being smart.

It can also reflect Beyonce’s own fears that she might go the wrong route with Blue.

And also, in a larger picture, it’s demonstrating the influence mothers have on their daughters as they grow up.

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